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September 19, 2011
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Healthy Start 
  • RD: Entertainment programs may help promote health messages
    There is more information on health and diet available than ever before, yet the obesity crisis continues to worsen, a sign that the messages are not getting through to people, registered dietitian Timi Gustafson writes. Gustafson writes that health care providers should not rule out the effectiveness of entertainment programs as a way to make the information more palatable, especially to younger audiences. Gustafson RD blog (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Michigan poll suggests people may be willing to give up meat
    An informal online poll of Michigan residents found that 49% of 275 respondents said they would give up meat to improve their health and treat heart disease, while 36% said they would eat more vegetarian food but still include meat in their diet. Dietitians said people who give up meat must have a carefully planned menu to ensure they get enough nutrients, and that those who want to go vegetarian or vegan should talk with a nutritionist first. The Saginaw News (Mich.) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. gym memberships hit record level
    Massachusetts is the top state for gym membership, according to a report by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, which also found nationwide membership in 2010 hit a record high at 50.2 million. Its survey of almost 40,000 people found 40% participate in group fitness classes, 60% lift weights and 60% use cardio equipment. The Boston Globe (free registration) (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.H. program helps children feel comfortable trying new foods
    Children played with fruits and vegetables during the "Trying New Foods" program at the New Hampshire Children's Museum, while Keene State College nutritionist Karrie Kalich gave parents tips on how to get their youngsters to eat more fruits and veggies. Elliott Hospital registered dietitian Katy Magoon, who helped children create fruit kebabs, said playing with food helps make youngsters more comfortable with new fruits and vegetables. Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study ties yogurt intake during pregnancy to baby's asthma
    Children born to women who consumed yogurt daily during pregnancy were 1.6 times more likely to develop asthma and hay fever by age 7, a study of almost 62,000 women in the Netherlands found. Researchers said the findings, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the European Respiratory Society, don't indicate a direct causal association, and further investigation is under way. Google/The Press Association (U.K.) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief for Nutritionists readers in the past week.

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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Decals identify restaurants that help patrons eat healthier
    The Healthy Dining New Bedford program gives qualifying restaurants in the Massachusetts city a decal to display that indicates they are taking steps to help customers eat healthier. Restaurants submit menus to the health department, where they are reviewed by a registered dietitian, and indicate how they will meet healthy benchmarks, such as serving smaller portions, allowing substitutions or tagging menu items that are low-calorie or low-fat. (New Bedford, Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some Florida schools serve up free breakfast for all students
    Florida's Flagler County plans to join about a dozen other school districts in the state in serving free breakfast to all students, which supporters say removes the stigma surrounding free meals for poorer students. School breakfast also is supported by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which increased funding for meals. Assistant Principal John Fanelli at Wadsworth Elementary School in Palm Coast says eating breakfast helps students focus when they get to class. Daytona Beach News-Journal (Fla.) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chicago schools add recess time to promote student health
    Chicago schools are adding recess time to student schedules as part of an overall effort to improve child health through better nutrition and exercise. In November, the city's Department of Public Health will require preschools and day-care centers to reduce students' computer and TV time and increase activity. The city also is offering up to $150,000 and a 2% raise for teachers at schools that add 90 minutes to the school day, which could be used in part for recess or longer lunches. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Chicago News Cooperative (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Harvest salad with lentils
    The protein-rich lentils and the fresh veggies, including tomatoes, zucchini and corn, make this salad hearty enough to be a vegetarian main dish. Clean Eating Magazine LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Registered DietitianKessler Institute for RehabilitationChester, NJ
Nutritionist IIWayne County Health DepartmentGoldsboro, NC
Clinical DietitianMorrison Management SpecialistsLongview, TX
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Food For Thought 
[C]riticism persists that [health education] remains impractical, elitist and out of touch with the real world."
--RD Timi Gustafson, writing in the Timi Gustafson RD blog at
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